Shows for Schools Grace Under Pressure | BREC

Grace Under Pressure

Run Time 85 minutes no interval
Price From $15 per student no bf
Presented By BREC

Recommended for children aged 14+ years
Post Panel Discussion
Teacher resources available

24 April 2021
7:00 pm

Health professionals are with us when we’re born, and they’re with us when we die. They devote their lives to caring for us, but how do we care for them?

Can a doctor or nurse give a patient the best possible care if he or she hasn’t slept for days? What if they also being bullied or sexually harassed at work? What if they complain about having to work excessive hours, but are told to stop whinging and suck it up? How do they cope with the pressure?

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking but always compelling, Grace Under Pressure weaves together the experiences of the health professionals that look after us.

Based on hours of in-depth interviews with doctors and nurses about their experiences of training and working in hospitals, Grace Under Pressure is a surprising, intimate, and deeply moving theatre experience that reveals these hidden stories of health professionals in their own words. Ranging from wildly funny to utterly heartbreaking, the stories within Grace Under Pressure will leave no audience member unaffected. Beautifully staged and disarmingly performed, Grace Under Pressure is a truly unique theatre experience.

Stay on after the show for a panel discussion about the real life experiences of those in the ‘caring professions’ with members of the cast and some special guests from Bunbury’s health care community.

Contains occasional coarse language. Challenging content including descriptions of sexual harassment in the workplace, suicide and surgical procedures.

Cast & Team

Writers David Williams & Paul Dwyer
Sydney Arts & Health Collective Dr Claire Hooker, Associate Professor Louise Nash, Dr Karen Scott, Dr Kimberley Ivory, Dr Jo River, Professor Paul Macneill, Dr Paul Dwyer and Mr James Dalton
Director David Williams
Dramaturg Paul Dwyer
Lighting Designer Nicholas Higgins
Sound Designer Gail Priest
Set & Costume Designer Isabel Hudson

Grace Under Pressure was co-commissioned by Seymour Centre and The Big Anxiety, and developed with the support of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Sydney. The Big Anxiety was assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund. This tour of Grace Under Pressure has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Post Show Panel

Join the conversation after the show as we host a panel discussion about the issued raised in the performance and how they affect our South West community.

Teacher Resources

An education kit will be provided including classroom ready activities.

Bookings & Enquiries can be made to BREC’s Education Team online via email or by telephone 08 9792 3111.

“Brutal and unflinching, yet told gently with humour, Grace Under Pressure is not easy to watch, only in so far as this is not fiction: the abuses that the healthcare workers face are happening every day in hospitals in every suburb, and will continue until changes are made”

Joy Minter, The Buzz From Sydney